MAINELY RICHMONDJANUARYHappy New Year!2008LETS WELCOME NEW BUSINESS TO RICHMOND!TOWN OF RICHMOND26 Gardiner StreetP.O. Box 159Richmond, Maine 04357(207) 737-4305TOWN OFFICE HOURSNew businesses have opened in downtownRichmond. The Royall Gallery celebratedits Grand Opening on December 7, 2007.Founder, Patricia Royall will carry a line ofinterior furnishings and fine gifts, includingspecialty greeting cards, vintage jewelry,antiques, oriental rugs and a line of MaineMaritime and New England Books, as wellas Children’s Books and Teacher’s Guidesby Tilbury House Publishers.Other nearby establishments also joined inthe evening celebration: Ed MackenzieGallery 54, the Blue Moose Art Emporiumand the newly renovated “Old Goat” Pub.Keep an eye out for more businesses coming to town. As always we try to feature aRichmond business in each edition so turnto page 15 to learn more about The TexasBarbeque Company the most recent edition to our Community.MONDAY-FRIDAY8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.Last Thursday of the Month8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.www.richmondmaine.comINSIDE THIS ISSUE:Code Enforcement2Economic Development3Senior NotesSchool RegionalizationCommunity Calendar4-578-9Community Tree Celebration10-11Selectmen’s Corner12-13Business Feature15
PAGE 2NEWSLETTER TITL ECode Enforcement By: Doug MarbleI would like to start by informing you thatthe Town of Richmond building permitfees, Sign Fees and Appeals Board feeswill be changing on January 1, 2008.Please see the new fees listed out onthis page. I also want to inform you thatthe State of Maine DEP has finalized the“Control of emissions for outside woodboilers”, which applies to the manufactures, suppliers, distributors, installersand users of Outside Wood Boiler’s(OWB).These regulations became effective November 9, 2007; under the authority of38 M.R.S.A. ss585-A, ss610-B, and isenforced by the Maine DEP Air Bureau.I will only highlight the standards for theOWB that are NOT certified; and whichcan be purchased new at a dealerthrough April 1, 2008 and purchasedsecond hand through private sales.1. No person shall install an OWB: unlessthe OWB is located at least 250ft fromthe nearest property line.2. No person shall install an OWBcloser than 500ft from the propertyline of a school, daycare or healthcare facility.3. No person shall install or operatean OWB unless, the stack height is10ft above grade or; two feet higherthan the peak of the roof served bythe OWB if an abutting residence islocated less than 500ft from theOWB.4. In the case of no structure, (e.g.swimming pool or hot tub) theowner/operator of the OWB shallextend the stack 2ft higher than thepeak of the nearest building to theOWB.5. The Maine DEP is allowing thesale of NEW non-certified OWB ifthey are received in Maine before4/1/08.6. The certification is mandated bythe U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency Outdoor wood-fired hydronic heater program.7. Rain cap prohibition, no personshall operate a new OWB using arain cap unless this device is required by the manufacturer8. No person shall cause or allowthe emissions of a smoke plumefrom ANY OWB to exceed 30%opacity.9. All dealers must provide buyerswith a copy of this regulation and awritten notice at time of sale.10. Third party private sales, newowner must follow the setback andstack height requirements.Appeals Board Fee’sFeeAppeals Board Application for a Variance 100.00Applicant responsible for postage and advertisement cost if public hearing is needed.(Anyone believing this fee will create a financial hardship may ask for a waiver from the Town Manager.)Code Enforcement Officer Permit Fee’sNew Residential HomeRenovation to a Residential HomeResidential Accessory StructureNew Commercial StructureRenovation of a Commercial StructureApplication for permit in the Shore landStructure’s in the Shore land Zone ADD(These permits require more CEO time to inspect and issue)Application for Non-Conforming StructureMinimum Building Permit Fee (application fee)Plumbing PermitHome Occupation PermitSign Permit.12/S.F.10/S.F.08/S.F.20/S.F.15/S.F. 50.00 before reviewing 50.00 added to reg. fee 50.00 20.00 24.00 or 6.00/Fixture 20.00 if fails inspection 25.00 10.00
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1PAGE 3Economic & Community Development By: Darryl SterlingMORE FAÇADE RENOVATIONS ON MAIN STREETBEFOREAFTERThank you to all the businesses who participated in the Holiday Cheer. We would like tocongratulate Dari Hurley of Hurley & Associates the winner of the best “Classic Holiday”Display! Honorable mention goes to the Railway Café and the Dairy Treat!Best wishes to all for a healthy and prosperous New Year!Main Street sidewalks are almost complete! Lookforward to this spring for final finish work. As always keep an eye out for new improvements happening around town and on Main Street, (Hint:Tick, Tock, Tick Tock .) more good news to come,stay tuned for future announcements. Downtownrevitalization activities are still happening over thewinter months. Look for more façade improvements and other surprises.
PAGE 4NEWSLETTER TITL ESENIOR NOTES FOR SENIOR FOLKSWe have had a busy and exciting year. I have had the pleasure of working with Tom Fortierour new Town Manager, who isvery supportive of our Program.We moved out of the Town Office into our new home in June.We are all happy here; it feelslike our second home. I wisheveryone could be here to seethe smiles and enjoy the laughter that takes place in our beautiful center. Please drop in andpay us a visit. We are proud toshow our home away fromhome. Thank you, Gary andRoberta Nash for our new placeat 314 Front Street.We need to thank those whohave made 2007 a successfulyear for fund raising. We soldcalendars this year that includedpictures of Old Richmond. Dickand Janice Ashcroft had the difficult job of composing the calendars. Mertie Wisda made usa beautiful quilt that we raffled.For the Richmond Days Raffle,Murray Collier built birdhouses,Dick Ashcroft made a framedpicture of a ship that was built inRichmond. Gisela Dearborn andJoyce Prindall crocheted afghan’s for us to raffle. Dick,Jan, Mertie, Joyce, Gisela andMurray spent many hours onthese items and we need to givethem a special Thank You. During Richmond days we had a bigraffle and many seniors donatedmany items. It is all of us working and having fun together thatmakes all that we do so successful. Thank You; to all thebusiness's that has given help in2007. We had several dinnersthis year and we are alwaysblessed to have a full house attending. We have taken manytrips this year and all of thosehave been well received. Weenjoyed Craft Day with June Seigars and Terri Parker as instructors. Nancy Cote instructed usin Chair Yoga and she is willingto do so again in 2008. OurOpen House was a huge success with about 100 people attending. Through the generosityof many people, we have a Senior Center to be proud of. TerriParker we love the stained glasspiece in our window, Thank You.The American Legion was onceagain very generous to the Senior Program, thank you Lady’sAuxillary for the enjoyable evening. Our Special thanks to PamLindvall, Cindy Dowd, Betty andBradley Moody, Rose and Roland Nadeau, Dick LaChance,Thomas Fortier, Ed Mackenzie,Andy Pierce, Dave Thompson,Ida Sweeney and Dick Pickettfor your generous donations.Last but not least thank you toJoyce Pinkham and Joyce Prindall for baking every Game Day.Please know that I thank all seniors that help me even when Idon’t ask. Without their help wecould not accomplish all that wedo.Thank you everyone,Betty Pratt & The Golden Oldies.WINTER HOURSMON-TUES 8:00-1:00 P.M.WED-8:00-3:00 P.M.The Center will be open forscheduled activitiesClosed Snow Days!ONGOING ACTIVITIESBridge Tutors Mondays9:30 a.m. Learn the art of playing bridgePlanning MeetingThe first Monday of each month9:30 a.m.Bring your Ideas.Game Day Wednesday12:30– to closingRefreshments ServedPot Luck DinnersOnce a monthThursday afternoonBridge LadiesTo insure the safety of our Senior’s there will be no scheduledtrips for January and February.We are looking for an artistwho would like to come tothe Center and teach art tothe Seniors. We are interested in water or oil paints.Please call us or leave amessage at 737-2161 ifyour are interested.
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1PAGE 5SENIOR NOTES FOR SENIOR FOLKSQuilt Raffle: Congratulations to Christine Lamoreau the winner of our Quilt raffle held on October 31st.Shepherd of Faith Food Bank needs our help! We have filled and delivered two large containers of foodfor those in need. If you would like to help us to fill another container, please come in to the SeniorCenter with your donation. We appreciate your help.AARP Income tax returns prepared at the Center-February 21st. 6 Slots Open(8:00-9:00-10:00 a.m.) and (12:00-1:00-2:00 p.m.) First Come First Serve!You must sign up for this service at the Town Office-Limited Slots– You will need to bring the followinginformation: (A) Las years tax returns, (B) Copies of all W-2, 1099 Forms and proof of other income received by you and your spouse, (C) Social Security cards or Individual Tax Identification (ITIN) cards orITIN letters for you and your spouse and any others show on the tax return.The Golden Oldies opened the Senior Center on December 7th to serve hot chocolate and snacks forthose attending the annual lighting of Richmond’s Christmas Tree.This year we joyfully adopted two families for Christmas. We provided the children with clothes andtoys. The families were given turkey dinner baskets.ACTIVIITIES FOR JANUARY 20081/7/08: Monthly Planning Meeting 9:30 a.m.1/16/08: Pot Luck Dinner 11:00 a.m. (Lunch Served at 11:30 a.m.) Please bring a dish to share withothers. This is open to all seniors. Game Day follows.1/23/08: Winter Safe Driving Class (Free) 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m. Instructor Pete Lamarre, GameDay follows at 12:30 p.m., refreshments served.ACTIVITIES FOR FEBRUARY 20082/1 thru 2/15/07: Join in the Fun, in an effort to raise money for fuel assistance for needyRichmond residents, we will hold a contest for the ugliest tie for men and the ugliest hat for women . Cost to enter will be 5.00. Cost to vote .50 or more if youwish. We will choose two people to wear the ugliest for one day. Winner will be announced on February 16th at our Pot-Luck Dinner. Betty Horning will be in chargeof this contest. Check with her for further details.2/5/08:Dr. James LaVallee Chiropractor “Living with a Healthy Back” at the SeniorCenter, lunch served at 11:30 am. –This presentation is open to the GeneralPublic.2/13/08:Valentine Party & Pot Luck Dinner at the Senior Center, 11:00 a.m., lunch will beserved at 11:30a.m., bring a dish to share with others, open to all seniorsGame Day follows.ACTIVITIES FOR MARCH 20083/8/07: Portland Flower Show Leave Senior Center at 8:45 a.m., Cost for show 10.00. Sign up at theTown Office-Reservations must be made by February 25th-Place for lunch to be announced.3/12/08: St. Patrick’s Day Party & Pot Luck Dinner, 11:00 a.m., lunch served at 11:30a.m., Pleasebring a dish to share with others, Open to all seniors, Game Day follows
PAGE 6NEWSLETTER TITL EHelping Neighbors with Skyrocketing Heating Cost By: Seth GoodallIn prior articles, I have touched on the community spirit and volunteerism that brings us together as a town.That spirit and volunteerism is needed now more than ever for many of our residents.Energy costs are skyrocketing without any serious relief in sight. On December 11th, the Portland Press Herald reported oil is .87 cents higher this year than last, averaging 3.20 per gallon statewide. State officialspredict that each Maine household will spend 2,750. this year on heat.Yes, the cost of fuel is mainly a federal issue that we have no control over, but each of us can keep an eyeout for those most in need. Many people, such as our senior citizens, live on fixed incomes requiring them tomake choices this time of year between prescription drugs, food and heating fuel. Lending a helping handcan make a big difference, whether it be cooking a hot meal, donating warm clothes or just checking in onyour neighbor.If you have exhausted all of your revenues you can apply for; HEAP, Home Energy Assistance Program or theTown has general assistance funds for those that qualify and the Trustees of Trust Funds are there to helpindividuals in times of need, generally you must have exhausted all of your resources before you can utilizethese programs. All inquiries are confidential. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or the town office ifyou, or someone you know, needs assistance. Seth can be reached at 737-4797 or email at:[email protected] Fire Department Reunion By: Andy PierceThe Richmond Firefighters’ Relief Association held its reuniondinner on November 17th at the fire station. Forty nine current and former members and their spouses attended and enjoyed the meal which was catered by Rebecca’s. Many memories and stories were shared of the members of the department. The Association would like to thank those that attendedand will be working to make this a regular event in the future.Any former members of the department that did not attend butwould like to update their mailing address, please contactChief Andy Pierce, at 737-4366, or Association President MattRoberge at 737-4803.
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1PAGE 7Update on School Regionalization By: Nancy JodoinThe Regional Planning Committee has been busyblending the school systems of Dresden, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Monmouth and Richmond into onenew regional school unit. Richmond is representedwell on the RPC by O’Neil Laplante, Seth Goodalland Nancy Jodoin. Significant progress has beenmade to date. On December 1st, the RPC submitted a partial plan to the State Department of Education. Over the next few months, the RPC will beworking to complete the plan, seek its approval andpresent it in its entirety to the voters.many ways: the Mainely Richmond Newsletter, Internet at www.halldale.org under the “School Consolidation” link; public meetings: Richmond is scheduled forMarch 12, 2008; through RPC members, includingNancy Jodoin (737-4792) or email [email protected],O’Neil Laplante and Seth Goodall.In conversations with Richmond’s residents, therehave been several common questions.Q. Will our school be closed?Various sub committees have worked hard planning A. The school regionalization law was not intended forthe policies for the new RSU. The Governance Sub- schools to close. According to L.D. 499, the lawcommittee has met weekly and its main function states that the citizens will ultimately have final say.was to organize how the new RSU will govern itself.Topics addressed were the number of seats each Q. Will sports be affected?town will have on the new school board, determinaA. Sports will remain the same, under the auspicestion of a weighed voting system and terms of officefor new board members. The configuration of the of the Maine Principals Association.board will be determined by a formula based on thenumber of residents in each town. As a result, the Q. Will students be bused to other schools?new board will consist of 12 members, with eachA. No.member holding their respective proportion of voting power based on the number of residents pertown. To that end, Monmouth and Richmond will Q. Will my taxes go up?each have 3 members and Dresden, Farmingdale A. The answer cannot be determined at this point inand Hallowell will each have 2.time since multiple factors need to be addressed.(i.e.-evaluation, enrollment, contracts, start up cost.)The Finance subcommittee has the duty of lookingat how we are going to make it financially possibleto save money and consolidate services overtime.Items under review are debt service/reserve, stateand local contributions, bid savings, group purchasing, audit report and financial analysis. 1% loans of up to 15,000. are available to manyMainers for home insulation and other energysaving measures that save far more than theyThe building and grounds subcommittee is assesscost. For more information on this and other proing the state of each school property and determingrams, visit www.mainehousing.org or call 1-800ing what to convey to the RSU. After the new RSU iscreated, any property that is no longer needed by452-4668.the RSU will revert back to the town of prior ownership. Free home weatherization kits are available at noThe Transportation Subcommittee is examining curcost through Midcoast Maine Community Action inrent contracts and conducting a needs assessmentBath, at 442-7963. Fuel oil assistance is alsofor each community.available both at 442-7963 and at 1-877-JOE-4OIL.The Public Education/Relations Subcommittee isresponsible for disseminating information from the Questions: Contact Rep. Berry at 522-1609 orRPC to the public. Information can be obtained inemail: [email protected] Heating & Insulation AssistancePrograms By: Rep. Berry
PAGE 8NEWSLETTER TITL EJanuary 2008SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 1/7 Fire Dept. 6:30p1/7 Waterfront 7:00p1/8 Loan Board 6:00p1/10 Selectmen 7:00p1/14 Economic 7:00p1/14 Fire Dept 6:30pSun TueWedThuFriSat1 Office23458 LoanBoard9101112151617181921 OfficeClosed22 Plan-232425262829Closed 1/15 Selectmen Workshop 7:00p Mon61/21 Office Closed1/22 Plan Brd 6:00p1/24 Selectmen 7:00p1/28 Fire Dept 6:30p1/31 Open Until 6:00p137FireDept14SelectmenEconomic D2027Fire DeptRabies ClinicJanuary 12th10:00-12:00p.m.ning Brd.Selectmen3031 OpenUntil 6:00pThe Rabies Clinic will be held at Enterprise Farms on January 12th from10:00 –12:00p.The Veterinarian is Dr. Sara Magenis from At Home Veterinary Clinic.The cost will be 12.00 per dog. There also will be personnel from thetown office to register your dogs.JEREMY PURINGTONASSOCIATE BROKER
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2/4 Loan Board 6:00p2/4 Fire Dept 6:30p2/7 Selectmen 7:00p2/11 Economic 7:00p2/11 Fire Dept 6:30p2/14 Valentines Day!2/18 Town Office Closed2/21 Selectmen 7:00p2/25 Fire Dept 6:30p2/26 Plan Board 6:00p2/28 Open Until 6:00pPAGE 9February 2008Sun310MonTueWedThuFriSat12894 c172418 OfficeClosed25Selectmen26 PlanBoard2728 OpenUntil 6:00p29CONTESTTOWN SPONSORED SENIOR CITIZENS GROUP EMERGENCY FUEL FUNDThe Ugliest Tie in Town! The Most Outrageous Hat! If you think you have what it takes then enter the contest! 5.00 to enter a tie or hat. Residents will then pay .50 cents per vote.All proceeds will go into an emergency fuel fund to help our neighbors in time of trouble this winterJudging begins February 1st and ends on February 15th. Watch for displays of the ties and hats in area businesses. For more information Call Betty Pratt at 737-2161 or Bette Horning at 737-0912
PAGE 10NEWSLETTER TITL ECOMMUNITY HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1PAGE 11December 7, 2007 we celebrated the towns annual treelighting. Thank you to Dick Brown for hooking us up withSanta for the night! Also thank you to Bucky Bodge for donating our Christmas Tree, Andy Pierce for the Hot Chocolateand the Seniors for serving it at the Senior Center!
PAGE 12NEWSLETTER TITL ETHE SELECTMENS CORNER .By: Leighton CarverThank you to those that are serving and participating in your Town’s activities. “Participating intown government, committees, boards and organizations are different ways to be part of thiswonderful town. Many of you reading thisshould take pride in your participation.Our Richmond Grange recently earned secondplace for its community service in 2006-2007 atthe Maine State Grange Annual Convention.Maine has 160 granges what an honor! Congratulations to the members of this organizationfor all that you do for this town.The Richmond Volunteer Fire Department needsto be recognized by all of us for their dedicationand service to our town and surrounding communities. I often call them our “unsung” volunteers who often don’t receive the gratitude fromus. Its comforting knowing they are well trained,equipped and ready to respond when needed.The Town of